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The Albany City Council has chosen a design for the City of Albany’s official municipal flag.

The winner is “Confluence and Crossroads,” which was designed by students at West Albany High School who are members of the Greater Unified Albany Vexillological Association (GUAVA).  Vexillology is the study of flags.

The design depicts the intersection of Interstate 5 and Highway 20 and Albany’s position in the rare metals industry in two bands of gray; the confluence of the Willamette and Calapooia Rivers in blue; all on a field of green, reflecting local agriculture, timber, and Albany’s Tree City designation.  The roads and rivers converge to create an “A.”

GUAVA first presented their design along with the idea of a municipal flag at the April 27, 2016, City Council meeting.  Councilors suggested opening a design competition to provide others an opportunity to present concepts.  40 designs were submitted, with that field narrowed to 5 semifinalists by a jury of Albany residents with backgrounds in local history, government, art, and graphic design. 

The semifinalists were submitted to public ranking, which closed on Monday, August 8, 2016; “Confluence and Crossroads” ranking highest among the 258 ballots cast.  The City Council made the choice official at their August 10, 2016, City Council meeting.

The students and their advisor, Cole Pouliot, will be formally recognized and presented a $100 cash prize at the September 14, 2016, City Council meeting.  The club has declared that the money will be used to produce the flag, which they intend to carry in the 2016 Veterans Day Parade before it flies at Albany City Hall.